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A/PROF Richard Pennell


  • History, Middle East (Jihad, anti-colonial resistance)
  • History, Middle East (Law, colonialism)
  • History, Middle East (Piracy, corsairing)
  • History, Middle East (Refugees)



  • Richard Pennell did both his BA (in Arabic and Spanish) and his PhD (in Islamic History) at the University of Leeds in Britain. Before joining the History Department in Melbourne he taught for nine years, on and off, at the National University of Singapore. He taught for two years at the University of Nairobi, in Kenya, in the late 1980s and has also taught in Garyounis University in Benghazi, Libya and at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. In the second half of 2003 he was a visiting scholar hosted by Al-Akhawayn University, at Ifrane in the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco.   


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Leeds 1980
  • BA, University of Leeds 1976



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • My main areas are in the Modern Middle East and North Africa. I have a particular interest in the politics of Morocco and Libya. I also have a research interest in piracy - and I am supervising a theses on modern piracy in Somalia. I am also supervising research on transitional justice in Morocco and on political apologies in Lebanon I have research interests in the politics of identity and sovereignty and in refugees from the Middle East and North Africa